“Do not make my Father’s house a place of trade” (v16). John records that near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he entered the Temple and overturned the tables of people who were making a profit by selling animals for sacrifices or changing currency. Jesus forced them out because they were using the sacred place for personal gain, and they were taking advantage of vulnerable people who were there to worship. Nothing could be farther from the true purpose of the Temple.
“Zeal for your house will consume me” (v17). Jesus corrects our distortions and misunderstandings about the Father, gives us a clear vision, and calls us to worship.